Gender Neutral Language: The word ‘No Sir’ was often heard during the proceedings of the Rajya Sabha. Now on the demand of Shiv Sena MP Priyanka Chaturvedi, the Rajya Sabha Secretariat has taken a historic decision to ban the use of this word. The decision came in response to a letter written by Priyanka to Parliamentary Affairs Minister Prahlad Joshi.
In this letter, Priyanka Chaturvedi had sought to change the use of phrases like ‘no sir’, which are often spoken at the time of reply in the House. In her letter on 8 September, the Maharashtra MP had demanded a change in the male dominated language. He had said that this may seem like a small change to all, but it will go a long way in giving women proper representation in the parliamentary process.
‘Small step, big difference’
After the decision of the Rajya Sabha Secretariat, Priyanka Chaturvedi has expressed happiness by tweeting. He wrote – ‘Small step, big difference. In answering questions ranging from ministries to women MPs, thanks to the Rajya Sabha Secretariat for removing the male dominated language in Parliament. From now on, the answers will be gender neutral from the ministries’.
Small step, big difference. Thank the Rajya Sabha Secretariat for correcting the anomaly in parliament question responses from ministries to women MPs. Henceforth the replies will be gender neutral from the ministries. pic.twitter.com/1m0hxBGmvn
— Priyanka Chaturvedi🇮🇳 (@priyankac19) September 21, 2022
Gender neutral answers to parliamentary questions
On Priyanka Chaturvedi’s letter, the Rajya Sabha Secretariat replied that “As per convention and rules of procedure and conduct of business in Rajya Sabha, all proceedings of the House are addressed to the Speaker and answers to parliamentary questions are also a part of the proceedings.” However, ministries will be informed to provide gender neutral answers to parliamentary questions from the next session of Rajya Sabha.
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